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Taylor Gets Blackwell’s Support, Denies Kasich’s

Bill O’Neill wants to participate in party debates.

Jan. 24, 2018, 11:07 a.m.

Former Secretary of State “and pro-Donald Trump conservative Ken Blackwell is supporting” Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor (R). (AP)

SIRI-OUSLY? “Taylor told a large group of Clermont County Republicans during her interview for their endorsement last Wednesday that Kasich had endorsed Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine and his running mate, Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted. … Husted was waiting outside the room to make his pitch for his ticket when he learned about Taylor’s claim. ‘Siri, who did John Kasich endorse in the governor’s race?’ Husted asked his iPhone, already knowing the answer. An article from The Enquirer popped up, titled ‘John Kasich backs Mary Taylor for Ohio governor. Will it help?’ Husted held the cellphone up for Clermont County Republicans during his interview.”

“Taylor did point out … that she had not spoken to Kasich in more than a year. … Kasich spokesman Chris Schrimpf said that first statement wasn’t true. ‘The governor and lieutenant governor have certainly talked many times over the past year,’ he said.”

The county party endorsed Taylor over DeWine. (Cincinnati Enquirer)

LET ME IN! State Supreme Court Justice Bill O’Neill (D) “is asking the Ohio Democratic Party to vet him after paying $4,361 in past-due state income taxes. The party requires candidates to undergo a check of their backgrounds before participating in party-hosted gubernatorial debates, another of which is expected next month.” (Columbus Dispatch)

PAT ON THE HEAD. “Breann Gonzalez, a longtime aide to” Rep. Pat Tiberi (R), is joining DeWine’s staff. (Columbus Dispatch)

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